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The deal with Dirty Cheap Dirty Boards PCBs

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

This sad FACE FRAME! documents the moment Ian found out Dirty PCBs hit Hacker News, Hack a Day, etc. Here's the story behind our joke PCB site... A few months ago there were some comments in the forum about various PCB services making 'crap' $0.90 boards. Later we posted a...

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Review of Smart-Prototyping PCB service

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

SnAgCu has a detailed review of the Smart-Prototyping PCB service we covered previously. High magnification images are included to show just how the boards turned out. Via the contact form.

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Prototyping your PCBs in Europe or in China?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

To use European or Chinese based PCB prototyping services is the question Electronics Lab tries to answer. They order the same PCBs from an European and a Chinese PCB manufacturer, and compare the quality and price differences. Based on their review the quality is the same, while the Chinese board...

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Soldering iron driver v1.5 PCBs are available at Seeed

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Hardware hacking is more fun with open source, DIY tools. That's why Arhi designed a completely open soldering station controller motherboard. And we designed a through hole version that is now available as a PCB only at Seeed for $7 The completed PCB is the heart of a soldering station,...

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Poison via effect in manufacturing

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

From the comments on our earlier DIY BGA soldering teardown post, JesseJ points out the poison via effect that will also break the connection to the BGA. Image above is from the previous post, depicting the capillarity effect where a via sucks the ball of solder in, and prevents contact to...

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PCB review Tuesday technical difficulties

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Due to a problem encoding the screen capture the debut of PCB review Tuesday will have to wait. Thanks to everyone who submitted a PCB for comments, we'll get them up ASAP. If you'd like someone to give your PCB a second look before you send it to the fab,...

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PCB review Tuesday videos coming

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Starting next week we're going to try a new weekly feature called PCB review Tuesday. In a five minute video we'll look at a PCB and talk about what we would change before producing the board. PCB routing is an art. There's lots of styles, and ours isn't the right...

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Recent Comments

  • gant: They still have a couple of the more expensive (but still considerably cheap) 5S-I-S01 in stock...
  • readybrek: Anyone got a any recommendations for a budget-priced hot air station?
  • William: lol I'm happy to waste 3c for each program/debug cycle... but probably not the time spent soldering a new device down to a proto board!...
  • Joe Desbonnet: Ya, I can recommend the low melting point solder. I used brand 'ChipQuik' and it's amazingly easy to use.
  • Jerome: I need a new BusPirate for the Fablab ;) Many thanks!